Wightlink’s new flagship Victoria of Wight is the first hybrid energy ferry in England, setting new standards for cross-Solent travel. She combines battery power with conventional engines to sail between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, using 17% less fuel than her sister ship St Clare.
We care about the environment and will do our best to protect the sea, land and air that surround us.
Our decision to invest £30million in Victoria of Wight reflects the company’s commitment to the environment.
Our new Green Agenda is centred on initiatives to benefit the sea, land and air around us.
The Visit Isle of Wight Green Star scheme acknowledges and rewards businesses that actively promote the use of sustainable transport and Wightlink have just been rewarded gold status for actively promoting the use of sustainable transport to protect the environment and enhance the customer experience.
Our target – We aim to clean water in our ports with marine life by inspecting our quays and shores every day and removing any rubbish.
Our target – We aim to recycle 50% of waste by the end of 2020.
This will involve:
Our target – We aim to reduce ship and vehicle emissions by 5% by the end of 2020.
Wightlink has teamed up with leading conservation organisations who are working to support the Solent’s marine environment. We are improving habitats for coastal wildlife and helping educate our customers about life in and around the Solent on board our ships.
Wightlink welcomes experts and volunteers from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to hold interactive ‘roadshows’ onboard ferries to highlight the wealth of marine life beneath our ships as part of its Secrets of the Solent initiative, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.Find out more
Inspired by Artecology on the Isle of Wight, we have installed seven of its artificial rockpools on a harbour wall in Fishbourne. These Vertipools are already attracting more than 30 species and are helping to educate local people about biodiversity.Find out more
We are teaming up with the Blue Marine Foundation to install oyster cages at our Lymington port as part of its Solent Oyster Restoration Project. They aim to increase the population of native oysters in the Solent to five million throughout this high-profile campaign.Find out more
We are continually looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint by making effective use of resources, reusing where possible and recycling whenever we can.
Wooden cutlery has replaced plastic and we have milk jugs instead of single-use jiggers in cafes. Till receipts and straws are only given on request.
In 2019, we recycled more than 133 tonnes of waste – the same weight as ten buses. Non-recyclable waste is used to generate electricity.
Wightlink’s cafes offer a 25p discount on hot drinks if you bring your own reusable mugs along. This is aimed at saving thousand of paper cups.
Clean air is becoming an issue around the world. We are spreading the message by encouraging sustainable transport through providing electric car charging points and supporting employees to cycle to work. Our hybrid energy flagship Victoria of Wight is leading the way in innovative transport.
Wightlinks Environmental Officer Nicola Craig is part of Portsmouth City Council’s Air Quality Steering Group, forming initiatives to tackle pollution and improve air quality.
Wightlink now offers EV charging points at Portsmouth car ferry terminal, Lymington, Fishbourne and Ryde Pier. The energy provided to cars so far is enough to power a Nissan Leaf around the world more than once.
Within The Solent there are many protected habitats including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Specially Protected Areas (SPAs). All our crews do their bit to be as eco-friendly as possible and protect the environment.
Wightlink Captains always respect the Solent’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other protected areas while our ferries are at sea or at anchor.
All our ferries use low sulphur fuel, reducing our impact on the atmosphere. In 2020 there will be a legal limit on the sulphur content within fuel, which we already below and have been for over a year.
Victoria of Wight is our new flagship ferry and the biggest in our fleet, capable of carrying up to 178 cars over two decks and over 1,000 people across her lounges and seating.
She is the greenest to serve the Isle of wight and her hybrid energy system, which works much like a hybrid energy car, allows her to run partly on electricity when required.Find out more
Wightlink buys locally whenever possible. Isle of Wight produce is delicious and also helps us cuts down on food miles. For example, milk in our teas and coffees comes from Briddlesford Farm, just three miles from our Fishbourne terminal and tasty sandwiches and pastries come from Grace’s Bakery in Ryde.
Wight Taste outlets in ports and on ferries sell a wide range of Island food, drink and gifts, all sourced from the best Island producers.
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